Cheerfully & Thankfully

“The Christian way of doing dishes is cheerfully,
thankfully, thoroughly, to get them clean. “

-Elisabeth Elliot


{Giveaway at the bottom of the post}

Hot, soapy water trickled down my arms, as I plunged my hands back into the soapy dish water.

Breakfast, the first meal and most messy meal for our large family of nearly a dozen, had just ended. The large, noisy crowd of blessed children, fed and ready for the brand new day, had skipped upstairs to brush their teeth and begin their chores. The dog whined at my feet, waiting for some scraps of scrambled eggs to be placed in his bowl, a welcoming breakfast for a hungry pet.

Looking down the counter at the traffic jam of dirty dishes, I was surprised to see how many bowls, cups, spoons (and forks?), plates and other random utensils there were to wash.

It’s a good thing I enjoy washing dishes, I thought to myself, smiling.







Armed with a homemade dishcloth and a sink full of hot, clean soapy water and dove into my task at hand. A CD of my favorite Big Band music played softly in the background.

I hummed while sorting through the lopsided towers of unclean dishes, poorly attempting to create some sort of order to the cuisine madness. I have found it is easier to wash in order:

— cups first, always, then utensils, then the soiled plates and so forth …

It was not long before the piles and piles of unclean dishes turn out — rather quickly — on the opposite side of the counter, clean, sparkling and ready for the next meal.


As the last droplet of water ran off the sparkling copper cups, it brought a great sense of satisfaction to my homemaker’s soul.

Watching your well-used, untidy kitchen turn into a clean, sparkling warm and welcoming area is just a delight. Others may mock me, but it is one of my favorite chores, transforming a recently-vacated kitchen into a lovely clean atmosphere again. In our house, dishes never stay dirty between meals. In fact, there is an unwritten rule that as you use a dish, you wash it. If you are baking, you clean up as you go. It truly saves time and makes the clean up effort less painful for everyone involved.

Once the dishes were washed, rinsed, dried and put away into the cupboards (thanks to the help of my little daughter), I fed the sourdough starter, pulled out two loaves of bread for breakfast the next the morning and put the banana cake on the counter to cool. Getting our morning chores of food preparation finished and attended to in the morning also makes the afternoon flow smoothly.


This organization of timing also allows for a tea time in the afternoon while the baby naps and the children take a break from school studies. While homemaking has been a long journey and one that has taken me many years to finally enjoy the every day routine, I see it now as a blessing.
As I told my husband this morning, as he left for work, my days – although ‘normal’, are never, ever boring to me.  Perhaps it is all in your perspective …



“The good wife must be a good housekeeper.
I know well how unromantic this remark will appear
to those whose dreams of married life are woven of the fancies of youthful sentiment,
but these frail dreams of sentiment will not last long amid the stern realities of life,
and then what which will prove one of the rarest elements of happiness and blessing in the household will be housewifely industry and diligence.

– Homemaking, J.R. Miller



Post Script:

The girls and I have been enjoying a winter of crocheting. Many of you may have seen Lacey’s doilies which she made over the winter. If you would like to enter to receive a homemade dishcloth- {pictured above} made by Lyla with love – then, please leave a little comment on this blog and we will pick a winner shortly.  God bless each of you on your homemaking journey!


February 18, 2021 - 1:21 pm

Alice Duits Hi Gigi,
I love the doilies I received from Lacey ! So pretty ! I have emailed a couple of times to you. I have a feeling the emails are not coming through. Could you please check….
Thank you for your ongoing ministry through your blog. I am always blessed !

February 18, 2021 - 9:15 am

Michelle Thank you again Gigi for ALWAYS encouraging us to be the wives, mothers, and keepers of our homes the way God would have us to!! Your blog is SO UPLIFTING and I am so thankful and appreciate your encouragement. The dishcloths are beautiful, please tell your daughter she has done a fantastic job!!

February 17, 2021 - 3:08 pm

Christina Lovely pictures of home and family.

February 13, 2021 - 4:03 pm

miriam stoltzfoos I thought I’d share a poem I’ve read recently and I’d be happy to win a dishcloth as well.
Before a child has reached seven, have him taught the way to heaven;
Better still the truth will thrive, if he knows the way before he’s five;
Best of all if at your knee, he learns the way before he’s three!

February 12, 2021 - 12:23 am

Kristal Hello Gigi and family! It’s funny how you talk about loving washing dishes (usually a dreaded task). I feel the same way about folding laundry. For some reason I find it very relaxing and extremely rewarding. Large piles of laundry don’t make me anxious, just the opposite. Haha! It’s good mothers find happiness in daily tasks.

February 11, 2021 - 2:58 pm

Diane What a lovely post as usual Gi Gi. I have my own knitted dishcloth on the table here next to my chair, but I would still love to receive one from Lyla. I love the way you use a bucket in the sink for dishes. I can’t seem to find a drain that doesn’t leak out dishwater. I use a black plastic dishpan from Walmart. They usually crack easily so I have to keep buying new ones. Think I’ll have to find me a nice antique bucket. I don’t mind dishes at all either. I love to do them with my daughters and granddaughters. There’s something about doing them together that gives me so much joy.

February 11, 2021 - 1:49 pm

Erin Lynn I love Elisabeth Elliott! I am starting a book study using her book, “Let Me be a Woman,” this weekend. I am trying to use the study to disciple my own girls and to encourage others. I am so tempted to fall into self-pity as we have been isolated due to the pandemic. As well, I don’t have many friends or family that are like-minded in parenting and family life. Do you struggle with this? Thank you for the reminder to do small tasks with a cheerful heart!!

February 11, 2021 - 1:32 pm

Kim Cader Your blog never fails to inspire me. Your perspective on what I’ve always considered an annoying mundane task is refreshing and so appreciated. Love your blog! ☺

February 10, 2021 - 12:11 pm

Jen Heemskerk I love your perspective. I too like to have a clean and tidy kitchen. And those homemade dishclothes! Just perfect!

February 10, 2021 - 9:25 am

Angela Boydston Love reading about you and your family and your live of being a homemaker

February 10, 2021 - 1:40 am

Regina Shea I find dishwashing rather relaxing. I’ve been crocheting too! It’s fun and also relaxing. The dishcloth is so pretty. Your daughter did a great job!

February 10, 2021 - 1:05 am

Brenda Clair (Gigi’s Mom) Wow, Lyla, your tension on the dishcloth is “right on”! And I love the shades of blue. Good job, sweetie xo

February 9, 2021 - 11:31 pm

Monica The photographs are just beautiful and make washing dishes look so romantic. I love it. Add me to the list of those who truly love her homemaking duties as well! Something I truly (and my girls!) do daily…washing dishes. May as well enjoy it! *wink*

February 9, 2021 - 10:22 pm

Annie I completely agree about washing dishes! There’s nothing quite like a clean kitchen, is there? Thank you for the peaceful and uplifting words! I would love to be considered for a dishcloth 🙂

February 9, 2021 - 8:15 pm

Crystal Such a lovely post. I needed this reminder of enjoying the little things of homemaking. It’s so easy to just want to get something done to get onto the next thing, never enjoying any of it. Its so precious your daughters learning crocheting. I admire you and your family. God bless you all

February 9, 2021 - 8:07 pm

Leah Greetings Gigi! I am a fairly new reader of your blog, so happy to have stumbled upon your lovely blog. It is so wonderful to know there still are women out there finding and pursuing the joys of mothering /teaching/training their own children, loving their husbands as well as keeping the home fires burning. Blessing to you & your precious family! I would so love to have a beautiful handmade washcloth.